This is one of the more amazing cel groups we have in the collection. In all, I think there are more than 4 cels in the grouping (mostly bubble effects) over the watercolor production background. Since I like to leave a little air space between the cels, I end up getting some uneven surfaces. This isn't a problem when looking at the artwork, but really becomes a problem when trying to shoot the artwork with a flash!
Mickey Mult-Cel Setup on Production Background (click to enlarge)
A few years ago, I was flipping through Lambert's "Mickey Mouse" that we purchased in 1998 and saw an image very similar to the one we bought in 2000. Here's a scan of the image from page 222 in his book. Frankly, it sure looks like the same exact piece....
Mickey Setup on Lambert's Book
----- DATABASE NOTES -----
From "Fantasia" (1940), the Sorcerer's Apprentice sequence. Mickey, in Sorcerer's hat, trying to bail out water with bucket. [ From Sotheby's: Walt Disney celluloid of Mickey Mouse from "Fantasia," 1940. The multi-cel setup depicts Mickey Mouse desperately trying to bail out the water from The Sorcerer's Apprentice sequence, applied to an original key watercolor production background, matted and framed. 8.5x10.5 ] Sotheby's auction 7491, Lot 248. [Image: 11”W x 9"H; Frame: 21"W x 18.75"H] Acquired 2000. SeqID-0715 Updated: 7/28/2005
Reference: Very close match page 222. Lambert, Pierre. Mickey Mouse. NY: Hyperion, 1998. ISBN: 0-7868-6453.2. $150. Limited edition: 000421. [13"W x 13"H] Limited Edition: 000421. Signed: Pierre Lambert. SeqID 1471